‘The economically marginalised also need assistance’: BJP in tandem with RSS on proposed reservation for upper caste

The RSS supports reservation for the poor on the grounds that such a move diminishes caste discord.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet’s proposed quota of 10% to the economically weaker section is in tandem with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) proposition that reservation should be offered to “those in need” and not on the basis of caste alone.

The RSS supports reservation for the poor on the grounds that such a move diminishes caste discord.

“The Sangh supports quotas for the socially marginalised, but it feels that the economically marginalised also need assistance. This will also decrease the acrimony festered by reservation in its current form,” a senior Sangh functionary was quoted as saying by HT.

The RSS, which carries out ‘samajik samarasta’ (social harmony) programmes has conveyed to the party about growing unrest among upper castes. It had made specific references about those who are economically disadvantaged and are angry over the lack of avenues for better education and a share in the government job pie.

“In Madhya Pradesh, particularly, the prevailing sentiment was that the government overlooked them,” said another RSS functionary. The second functionary said unrest among upper castes was discussed at various RSS meetings, especially when it was seen to have ramifications for the party. “The rise in the number of voters opting for NOTA was seen as a manifestation of that anger,” he said.